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There are a number of programmes available to support business improve efficiency and profitability through becoming more low carbon. They offer support at a number of levels to support a range of activities designed to have a real impact on the businesses that participate.

Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is helping businesses across Merseyside and Halton to reduce their energy costs and become more competitive.

The business support programme is being delivered on behalf of the Chamber by Groundwork. Specialist advisors from Groundwork are working with businesses to review their environmental performance, buy viagra helping them to use energy more wisely:

  • Reducing their consumption of raw materials, find water and energy;
  • Reducing the amount of waste they produce;
  • Improving the energy efficiency of buildings;
  • Improving the efficiency of transport and distribution functions;
  • Improving their procurement of energy;

The advisory service includes:

  • An onsite energy and resource efficiency review;
  • The production of a prioritised action plan;
  • Follow-up onsite support to help progress the action plan;
  • Low carbon and resource efficiency training to help deliver action plans (if required);
  • Help to identify potential capital investment for low carbon technologies, recipe to achieve savings and shorten paybacks (where eligible & appropriate).

This programme is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Major Finance available for Green Businesses

The North West Fund for Energy & Environmental is providing finance from £200,000 to £1.2million to businesses seeking funding up to £5 million to support a range of needs from start-up and early stage development through to expansion plans across a number of sectors including:

  • Cleaner fuel production
  • Electricity or heat generation
  • The transportation of heat and electricity
  • The end use of energy in transport, industry and the built environment
  • Water and waste water treatment
  • Recycling and waste management

The fund is managed by business specialists 350 Investment Partners Find out more about the investment criteria, process and how to submit an application form here:
Complete an application form for Energy and Environmental funding,
For more general information contact 350 Investment Partners by email or telephone 0845 519 8149

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Low Carbon Hub supporting local businesses

The Low Carbon Innovation Hub (LoC) at John Moores University is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is creating innovative low carbon goods, processes and services, developed through partnerships between Merseyside companies and University researchers. The aim is to work with SMEs to identify opportunities for low carbon development and bring about economic and environmental benefits for businesses and the community. LoC provides access to cutting-edge exploitable assets and expertise, giving local SMEs a significant competitive advantage in areas such as;

  • Low Carbon Planning
  • Sustainable Asset Management
  • Energy Efficiency/Management
  • Renewable Management
  • Waste Management/Recycling
  • Renewable Energy from Waste Systems

For more information please call 0151 231 2294 or email

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Eco-innovation centre a European first

A unique collaboration between the University of Liverpool, Lancaster University and innovation consultancy Inventya Ltd is spearheading support for North West SME’s developing new eco products and processes.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation (CGE) services is targeting a wide range of support services including: 50 fully-funded PhD research projects, funded internships, Masters and Undergraduate projects, commercial support such as market research, innovation development, funding applications and export and globalisation advice at innovative SMEs.

Opportunities for research placements are open to all SME’s across the North West, although CGE are waiting for new funding for PhD placements which also require a small financial contribution from the host company.

For more information email

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REECH project helping businesses to go green

REECH is an innovative project co-ordinated by Sefton Council and with a City Region-wide remit to help companies improve their environmental performance in areas including

  • Free energy efficiency assessments for SMEs
  • 50% grant towards energy efficiency works
  • Grants for electric vehicle charging posts

REECH in partnership with Groundwork Trust has received ERDF funding for REECH into Business, which can fund energy efficiency work in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).  The basic aim of REECH into Business is to assist qualifying businesses control their energy, utility & resources costs.

For further information visit or email

Or contact directly –
Neil Ash – 0151 934 3473 /
or Paula Lowrey – 0151 934 2734 /

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